Early in 2011 I switched from Firefox to Google Chrome. Just before the end of 2011 I switched back.
I switched back because I had ignored Firefox for so long, I was almost damned sure that they should have fixed a few issues I had in the 3.1-3.6 releases. And sure enough, they have.
In my near 9 months of using Google Chrome I missed a couple of features of Firefox that Chrome just didn’t cut it with.
- Firefox’s Awesome Bar (aka: the address bar)
It’s 100 times better than Google Chrome’s ‘search’ bar. The awesome bar lets me search bookmarks, open tabs, history before searching the web. Google always wants you to search the web and it’s hardly ever necessary.
- Firefox’s Tab Groups
They’re just awesome. Tab overload has always been an issue. 20-30, more tabs open. With tab groups you can sort them out and only have certain working groups of tabs available. Want to switch? sure, hit the magic button and voila. All your groups are exposed and you can easily switch to them.
- Firefox’s Bookmarks
This might sound ridiculous, but I really like tagging my bookmarks without the need of an extension. Tagged bookmarks really help out with #1 and well, it makes my life easier when I’m trying to find stuff.
- Firefox has gotten faster.
This is always a battle as to which browser is faster, but really, Firefox 9.0.1 is way, way, way faster than previous versions and if you find benchmarks that you want to accept as good, I’m sure someone will say Firefox is faster than everything. But hey, that’s subjective.
And yeah, I’m sure there are chrome extensions that enable these features, but quite frankly, I hate most extensions. There, I said it.
Here’s to an awesome 2012, Mozilla.
(p.s. I only remembered Firefox because Niv mentioned it.)